The Problem of Internet Regulation in the U.S. Today

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Many Americans today rely on the Internet for two main reasons: information and connectivity. Some may consider it as the biggest library available because of the endless information it can provide. It further enhanced people’s knowledge of what’s going on all around the globe and has been proved to be a very powerful tool that is available for anyone to use. Communication improved not just here in the United States of America, but also in other countries thanks to social media. Despite of all this, there is still an evident problem for American citizens when it comes to Internet Regulation. There’s an apparent government intervention when it comes to regulating the Internet. Under net neutrality, companies shouldn’t restrict what and how much information or media users can access. Every citizen deserves Internet freedom, which is also tied with privacy and the identity of the people using the Internet. The government should protect its citizens from the threats of the Internet like bullying and stalking, and fraud or theft issues like compromised credit card or bank account information from phishing websites and hackers. This paper will examine the problem of Internet Regulation in the U.S. today. The paper will first discuss the importance of the Internet and how widely it is used in the U.S. by means of using statistics. Then I will explain three problems in regulating the Internet, which are net neutrality, Internet piracy and privacy. In response to the aforementioned problem areas, there are three government policy solutions to the issues; Open Internet Preservation Act of 2014, Stop Online Piracy Act and The Do-Not-Track Online Act of 2013. The paper will explain each policy solution and discuss the strengths and weaknes... ... middle of paper ... ...ina Speech | TIME." Time. Time, n.d. Web. 01 Apr. 2014. "Net Neutrality 101 | Free Press." Free Press. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Apr. 2014. "Online Piracy in Numbers - Facts and Statistics [Infographic]." Go-Gulf. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Apr. 2014. "Preserving the Open Internet." Federal Communications Commission. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Apr. 2014. "Rockefeller Introduces Do Not Track Bill." TheHill. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Apr. 2014. "S.418 - Do-Not-Track Online Act of 2013." Congress.gov. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Apr. 2014. "The Decision in Verizon vs. FCC: A Legal Analysis | Free Press." Free Press. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Apr. 2014. "The Open Internet Preservation Bill Is Counter-productive." Tech Policy Daily. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Apr. 2014. "Wikipedia, MoveOn, Reddit, Mozilla Shuts down to Protest SOPA/PIPA, How to Prepare." CBSNews. CBS Interactive, n.d. Web. 4 Apr. 2014.
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